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Queensland Reds drop second player within 24 hours

By Peter Thompson

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Following on from news earlier in the day that Quade Cooper was surplus to requirements, Queensland Reds head coach, Brad Thorn has now told Nick Frisby he is not part of his plans for the team.


Frisby has struggled for form throughout 2017, falling behind James Tuttle in the pecking order, but now Thorn has made the call to promote either young gun Hamish Stewart or Duncan Paia’aua.


“I’ve had honest conversations with Quade Cooper and Nick Frisby about where they currently sit in our plans for 2018,” Thorn said.

“They’re not training with the Reds at the moment and will be training with their clubs instead.”

The mercurial Cooper has been linked with a move to Japan having returned to the Super Rugby franchise last year following a short spell with Toulon, but looks set to be on the move again.


The playmaker, omitted from Australia’s squad for the tour of the northern hemisphere, signed a three-year contract with Reds and the Australian Rugby Union, yet new coach Thorn has decided he is surplus to requirements.


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Queensland Reds drop second player within 24 hours